Study of the Land of American Indian in the Exploitation of the West



The rapid rise of the United States benefits from the western exploitation; and the first question that comes from the development of western regions, is the ownership of the land. American Indians are originally of the earliest residents of this stretch of land, but they have never formed the system of occupying and developing the land and confirming their sovereignty effectively, which gives the White man with advanced culture the pretext to attack and occupy. Because of the sharply increased population and immigrants, the White society endures stronger pressure on the land resources; therefore, immigrating into the west becomes one of the most effective way to lighten the pressure. Consequently, the land problem is very crucial for the existence and development of White society. Because of the enormous difference of the cultural system, the way of utilizing lands of India is obviously different from that of the White society. They engage in extensive agriculture or make a living by hunting. This kind of life style has an outstanding characteristic—it needs a very large region. This means that the contradiction on the land, is a kind of harsh struggle for existence between American Indians and White men. It has indicated that the White society is determined to capture American Indian’s


Land; Westward movement; Reservation

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